The Hackers Are Coming, The Hackers Are Coming! Is Your Network Ready?

If Paul Revere were a security professional, his midnight ride would be spent warning about the impending wave of cyber-attacks. IT and security leaders may not need to mount steeds, but my research shows they must sound their own clarion call and get the enterprise to make a fundamental change in its security posture. Forget […]

Operational Challenges Continue To Plague Legacy WANs

This site, like many others, has focused on the need to evolve the WAN. Much of the value proposition for the shift to a hybrid WAN is to improve application performance, which is often poor over WAN. However, the challenges with a legacy WAN go beyond application performance. Operational issues are as big or a […]

IoT Made My Disney Experience Better

My last IoT blog was focused on how the Internet of Things isn’t really about connected devices but rather about how to create new experiences using the connected endpoints. A short while ago, my wife and I took her niece and nephew to Disney World and the connected experience that Disney offers is fantastic, so […]

The IoT is About New Experiences, Not Just Connected Things

2014 was a big year for the Internet of Things (IoT). Much of the focus of IoT has been on the topic of connected things. I actually wrote about connected devices in this blog on five different IoT solutions that we might find useful. I touched on a few connected devices but there are literally […]

Five Considerations for the Internet of Things

My last Internet of Things-related blog was on how IT and business leaders should think about the value that IoT can provide. Once there’s a good understanding of where IoT value will come from for a particular organization, businesses should move fast. I firmly believe that we stand on the precipice of the IoT era […]

All I Want For Christmas Is Some Dumb IP

Well, it’s that time of the year – the time when we’re thinking about what we want for Christmas, and what we will get our friends and family. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for that network manager in your life, try getting some dumb IP, otherwise known as plain old Internet services. Why […]

Understanding Service Chaining

One of the emerging topics of conversation related to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) has been something called “service chaining”. The topic has gotten a fair bit of media focus of late, resulting in an increase in the amount of inquiry on this topic. From the questions I’ve been getting, though, its become obvious to me that […]

The Value of The Internet of Things is Like Schrödinger’s Cat

There is a scientific thought-experiment known as Schrödinger’s Cat. In order to highlight the paradox of the quantum behavior of sub-atomic particles, Erwin Schrodinger’s thought-experiment imagined placing a vial of poison, a radioactive source, and a cat into a closed box. When a sensor in the box detected the state of a radioactive particle, it […]

The Top 5 Leaps of Faith When Building a Hybrid WAN

The hybrid WAN is an idea that’s been around for decades now. Prior to being an analyst, I worked in corporate IT and I was building Internet VPN links to connect home office workers, small branch offices, or back up connections. Back in the “old days”, a hybrid WAN was definitely the exception and far […]

Why The Cloud Beats Legacy Compute Models

Recently I was a speaker at Westcon’s Cloud event in Orlando, FL. While the event was being held close to Disney, Universal Studios, and other hot spots for fun and games, the event itself was all business as the audience of value-added resellers (VARs) were busy trying to figure out how to position cloud and […]